The Central government's mines safety arm has cautioned West Bengal that construction of an airport city in the state's Burdwan district can be in trouble if the government allows simultaneous unde

In a move that could give a fillip to India's unconventional gas production, the ministry of environment and forests has given the phase-III clearance for Essar Oil's Raniganj block in West Bengal. The company will now be able to drill up to 650 wells, compared with the current 135.

The clearances would help Essar Oil invest another Rs 2,500 crore to increase the number of drilled wells to 300 by the end of this year and also rise production to three million standard cubic metres of gas per day (scmd), up from around 60,000 scmd.

As part of its corporate makeover agenda, the Rs 7,000-crore Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) is considering a handholding relationship with the World Bank.

BURDWAN, 25 SEPT: Burdwan district has developed a special software to help ascertain the movement of sand lifted from the Damodar and the Ajoy riverbeds throughout the year.

BURDWAN, 6 JULY: At a time when the expert committee set up by the environment department has just released a draft policy on wetlands prohibiting filling up of water bodies, allegations of Burdwan

RANIGANJ, JUNE 28: A devastating fire broke out in a mine due to underground coal seam heating today and has started spreading to adjoining areas.

KOLKATA, 26 JUNE: The state water resource investigation and development department has declared 38 blocks out of 341 blocks as "black zone'' where the groundwater level has gone down alarmingly.

JHANJRA (Burdwan), 26 JUNE: In the midst of the Singur Land Act, farmers deprived of their own lands for the past 14 years have intensified their struggle against the Eastern Coalfields Limited.

Durgapur, June 24: Farmers in a Durgapur village who had not accepted compensation for land acquired in 1964 and had apparently been promised by Trinamul before the Assembly elections last year tha

DURGAPUR, 6 JUNE: Animals trapped inside a closed factory here must be rescued, former minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi has told the Burdwan district administration.

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